How to get the Electronic Digital Public Key Certificate in Korea

Hello!

So today, I will guide you step by step on how to get the Certificate, which is the first step in doing anything electronic in this country. The trusted agency, your bank, is the one that emits it.

This is the first of a series of articles where I will explain how to get online banking in Korea, how to get the infamous ‘certificate’, how to register and get the iPin, and finally, how to register and use the public bike sharing system in Sejong City.

A digital certificate is an electronic “passport” that allows a person, computer or organization to exchange information securely over the Internet, a digital certificate may also be referred to as a public key certificate. Just like a passport, a digital certificate provides identifying information, is forgery resistant and can be verified because it was issued by an official, trusted agency (in this case, your bank). (Source)

Requirements:

  • Your own computer. You need to download a lot of ‘security’ software.
  • Internet Explorer. Sadly, Chrome does not work with all the ‘security’ software.
  • Korean Bank Account. We will use Wooribank’s checking account.
  • Online Banking. You should have a username, a password, and a codes card. You need to go to the Bank to get them. Also make sure they have your alien registration card on file. If you opened your account with a passport, they won’t have it so you need to go again. KDI school students will most likely have online banking registered automatically when they get their cards and accounts opened for them. They get a piece of paper with this information. If for some reason it does not work, you need to make a trip to the bank.
  • Patience. A lot of it. It took me 3 months to figure all of this out and troubleshoot everything to make it work, so I hope that you can do it in an hour or two.

Once you are ready to start, open the wooribank website. Type: http://www.wooribank.com and click on the flag on the top right to change it to English.

Once you changed the website to English:

Click on Login, click on Personal.

Click on Login, click on Personal.

As you click, the computer will ask you to install software. Accept it all.

As you click, the computer will ask you to install software. Accept it all.

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You will see this many times, click OK, accept, run…

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Some will be in Korean, just click OK

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Keep accepting and installing everything

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For this last veraport one, you may get this image where you will see the progress. Keep clicking install.

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click yes. Your explorer may restart. If it closes and doesn’t reopen, just go back to Wooribank.com, English, Login, Personal.

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At some point it will stop asking you to download, install, or accept things and you will see a page like this. This shows us all the software that needs to be installed and which one is missing. The gray button means that that specific program has not installed successfully. Let’s click the gray button to download again.

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Click Run

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Install

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When you are finished and go back to Login-Personal, you will see this tiny box in the corner of your screen. Wait until the message changes.

If at some point it still does not allow you to log in, close your browser, open it again and retry. If it still does not work, restart your computer and try again. Make sure you install and accept every permission it asks you.

If you passed all those easy hurdles, you may now sign in.

Type your user and password provided by the bank

Type your user and password provided by the bank

If it all goes well, you should see your account balance in a screen like this.

If it all goes well, you should see your account balance in a screen like this.

Now click on the top Certificate Center / Personal

Now click on the top Certificate Center / Personal

You will see a screen like this.

You will see a screen like this.

click Issue / reissue button

click Issue / reissue button

Select the free option

Select the free option

Scroll all the way down. Tick the last box to accept all the terms and click the blue button.

Scroll all the way down. Tick the last box to accept all the terms and click the blue button.

Get your code card! You will need to fill out the serial number (the numbers on the top right) and some code from the box. it will change each time.

Get your code card! You will need to fill out the serial number (the numbers on the top right) and some code from the box. it will change each time.

Fill it all out and click the blue button

Fill it all out and click the blue button

Now you will see a screen like this. Fill out all your info. If the address iw wrong, click Search Zip Code

Now you will see a screen like this. Fill out all your info. If the address iw wrong, click Search Zip Code

This will pop up. It is asking us to select the method to find the address. Click on the top right white button., we will search by street name.

This will pop up. It is asking us to select the method to find the address. Click on the top right white button., we will search by street name.

You will get a screen like this. Its asking you for street name. We will type in Korean

You will get a screen like this. Its asking you for street name. We will type in Korean “Namsejongro” 남세종로 which is KDI School’s street. Click the white button right next to it.

These are the search results. Select the one in the image.

These are the search results. Select the one in the image.

You will then see this. Select 254, which is the number of the school dorm, where you most likely live. Then click the blue button

You will then see this. Select 254, which is the number of the school dorm, where you most likely live. Then click the blue button

You will see this. in the textbox you will type KDI기숙사 (000-____). Replace the Zeros with your building number and the space with your room numer. For example, 102-2605. click the blue button when finished.

You will see this. in the textbox you will type KDI기숙사 (000-____). Replace the Zeros with your building number and the space with your room numer. For example, 102-2605. click the blue button when finished.

Make sure the info is correct and click the blue button to continue.

Make sure the info is correct and click the blue button to continue.

It will confirm one last time

It will confirm one last time

...and once more...

…and once more…

Now, it asks you to choose where to save the certificate. I recommend you use your private personal computer to do this, and make sure the first option, hard disk, is selected. Click OK

Now, it asks you to choose where to save the certificate. I recommend you use your private personal computer to do this, and make sure the first option, hard disk, is selected. Click OK

Now type what will become your certificate password.

Now type what will become your certificate password.

Like this, and press OK

Like this, and press OK

You should get this if its successful. Click OK

You should get this if its successful. Click OK

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If you see this screen, Congratulations! You have your own Korean certificate.


Once you are finished, the system will automatically save in your computer the certificate. With this, each time you log into a Korean webpage that asks for one, it will directly ask you to type in your certificate password to use it.
You can also now use online banking in your phone, downloading the wooribank app, you can make transfers. Without the certificate, you can only check the balance and transactions, either online or on your phone.

I am also aware that if you ask nicely to the people at the bank branch, they can just give you the certificate in an USB drive or you can take your laptop to them so they can do all this process with you. However, if you are an independent person, you may want to try it yourself!

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